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99精品视频 College Celebrates the Class of 2024

Recognizing Contributions and Celebrating Achievements

Published:
May 20, 2024
Student walking across the stage at 2024 graduation
Photo by Justin Hayworth, 99精品视频 College.

The Commencement Ceremony for the class of 2024 took place at 10:30 a.m. on May 20, 2024, on the College鈥檚 central campus. The ceremony marked the culmination of hard work, dedication, and academic achievement by the graduates. 332 accomplished graduates marked the class of 2024鈥檚 milestone.

The cohort boasted a global perspective, with international students from China, India, Japan, Vietnam, Brazil, Greece, and more, while domestic students brought representation from 49 states, with Illinois, Iowa, California, Minnesota, and New York being the top states students hailed from. Prominent majors within the class included computer science, economics, biology, psychology, and political science. An impressive 35% of graduates had pursued double majors. Among their varied academic pursuits, common concentrations included statistics, neuroscience, and environmental studies.

President鈥檚 Medal Award

Feven Adane Getachew 鈥24 hugging President Anne F. Harris after being awarded the 2024 99精品视频 College President's Medal.
Feven Adane Getachew 鈥24 hugging President Anne F. Harris after receiving the 2024 President's Medal. Photo by Justin Hayworth, 99精品视频 College.

Feven Adane Getachew 鈥24 has been awarded the 2024 99精品视频 College President鈥檚 Medal. This award is presented each year during the commencement ceremony to an individual who best embodies the mission and values of a 99精品视频 education. Getachew has consistently demonstrated distinguished and engaged learning throughout their time as a 99精品视频 student, making significant contributions to the academic community.

The selection of Getachew as the 2024 was made by the College President Anne F. Harris, based on the recommendation of a committee composed of esteemed faculty and staff members. This recognition is a testament to their outstanding contributions and their embodiment of the values and principles cherished by 99精品视频.

The Archibald Prize for Highest Scholarship

Parris King-Levine 鈥24
Parris King-Levine 鈥24 with President Anne F. Harris. Photo by Justin Hayworth, 99精品视频 College.

The Archibald Prize is given annually to the senior who has achieved the highest grade-point average during four years of study. It is accompanied by a cash prize. The award was made possible in 1928 from a $1,000 bequest from the Rev. Andrew Archibald, who died in 1926.

The award commemorates 15 years of work by the Rev. and Mrs. Archibald for the Congregational Church in Iowa. Archibald was a 99精品视频 College trustee from 1890 through 1899. The 2024 recipients are:

  • Isidora Bailly-Hall 鈥24
  • Parris King-Levine 鈥24
  • Meredith Neid 鈥24

Speaker Peter Sagal

NPR Host Peter Sagal delivered the 2024 Commencement Address. With a career spanning over two decades in radio, television, and writing, Sagal is renowned for his witty commentary on current events, politics, and the American experience. His ability to seamlessly blend humor with insightful analysis captivates audiences nationwide. Read more about this year鈥檚 speaker.

2024 Commencement Speaker Peter Sagal.
2024 Commencement Speaker Peter Sagal address the crowd. Photo by Justin Hayworth, 99精品视频 College.

Honorary Degree Recipients

99精品视频 College recognized four exceptional individuals who have made significant contributions to their fields of expertise. During the ceremony, the College bestowed honorary degrees upon distinguished scholars in law, science, and humanities. These celebrated recipients are Stuart Allan Yeager 鈥82, Alvin Irby 鈥07, Shane Rasmussen, and Peter Sagal. Their remarkable achievements and profound impact serve as inspirations to us all. Read more about the honorary degree recipients.

2024 recipients Honorary Degree recipients Alvin Irby 鈥07, Stuart Allan Yeager 鈥82, Shane Rasmussen, and Peter Sagal. Photo by Justin Hayworth, 99精品视频 College.
2024 recipients Honorary Degree recipients Alvin Irby 鈥07, Stuart Allan Yeager 鈥82, Shane Rasmussen, and Peter Sagal. Photo by Justin Hayworth, 99精品视频 College.

2024 Emeriti Faculty

  • Eugene Gaub, Professor of Music
  • Susan Ireland, Professor of French
  • Ellen Mease, Associate Professor of Theatre
  • Katya Gibel Mevorach, Professor of Anthropology
  • Mark Montgomery, Professor of Economics

2024 Senior Faculty Status

Ralph Savarese, Professor of English

Congratulations, class of 2024! Follow this link to the Livestream page to view a full recording of the 2024 Commencement ceremony.

Aerial view of green lawn and trees surrounding the commencement area. graduates process in with some already seated. Audience is arrayed to the sides and back of the area
Drone photo of 2024 Commencement Ceremony. Photo by Justin Hayworth, 99精品视频 College.

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